Checking messages at a red light.

Looking at Facebook in traffic.

Phone to the ear chatting.

You see others doing it – and perhaps you do it yourself. It might feel harmless, but so many shocking news headlines show us otherwise. It may not seem like it, but it’s been illegal to use a handheld phone at the wheel in Malta since 2003. And while the penalties for doing so are now much tougher, could you live with causing a tragic accident because you were distracted by your phone?

 

Help make Malta’s roads safer for all of us.

Every single day in Malta, drivers blatantly flout the law by chatting on their phones or texting friends, putting themselves and others at risk.

 

Such offences are still being committed despite official data showing that each month an average of 2,000 motorists are fined for using their mobile phone behind the wheel.

 

The problem is getting worse every year.

 

Shocking statistics from Malta Police show that the number of motorists using their phone last year was 153 times higher than the number of drunk drivers.

 

A total of 8,282 people were caught on the phone behind the wheel in 2015, an astonishing 81 per cent increase over 2013.

 

The rise was no fluke as it followed the trend set in 2014, when 6,414 cases were flagged by the police, which in turn was a 40 per cent increase on the year before.

 

Since March 2016, the penalty for using a hand-held mobile phone in Malta was increased to €100.

 

Texting & Driving in Malta

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